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, members of the house energy and commerce committee had their first chance to question the f.d.a. lawmakers wanted to know how the f.d.a. knew of problems at the pharmacy as early as 2002 but took no action. the agency later issued a warning letter in 2006 but again no tougher action was taken, either. >> after a tragedy like this, the first question we all ask is: could this have been prevented? after an examination of the documents produced by the massachusetts board of pharmacy and the f.d.a., the answer here appears to be yes. >> reporter: some experts contend the f.d.a. already has the authority to regulate large compounding pharmacies. but in her first public remarks today, f.d.a. commissioner dr. peggy hamburg said her agency needs more power. dr. hamburg proposed a two-tier system where smaller, more traditional pharmacies are regulated by the state. larger pharmacies of all kinds would be overseen by the f.d.a. >> the fact that we have unclear, limited and contested authorities and ambiguities in the law, and a crazy quilt of legal authority has required us to be very reactive, res
can- - we spend, you know, every bit of our energy to finding solutions. >> reporter: eva bennick is still hoping to hear from fema. >> and so you have this sort of information vacuum and i thought it was very interesting that on the third day, the daily news was able to deliver my newspaper to my front porch, but fema can't find me. amazing. >> reporter: while she waits, the volunteers from occupy sandy are filling the gap. >> you know, it could be close to 10,000 people that have been, you know, martialed as individuals and as autonomous individuals and groups, but under one sort of, like, organizational structure so that they, we could, you know, meet some of those needs that were arising after the storm. >> reporter: the area is getting more attention today. the president took a helicopter tour of staten island and the rockaways this afternoon. >> brown: and the president offered some additional help today, appointing his housing and urban affairs secretary, shaun donovan to coordinate the long-term rebuilding efforts in new york and new jersey. again, the major developments o
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